Statue of Benjamin Franklin (after Suzanne), mid-19th century
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Gift of Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist Atwater Kent, Esq, who lived on Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, Pennsylvania at the time of the gift. Undated entry in curatorial file states "the history of the statue has been shrouded in the past. It is understood to have been part of the famous Colt Collection in New York. Some fifteen years ago it was acquired by F. K. Richards of the Richards Gallery. Mr. Atwater Kent came across the statue on a visit to the Richards Gallery sometime ago. After learning that the Institute would like to have it, he acquired it." Terms of Use Credits